More local GPs begin offering COVID Vaccine as part of biggest NHS Immunisation Programme

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More local vaccination services run by family doctors and their teams will open across mid and south Essex today (Friday 18 December 2020), as the roll out of the biggest vaccination programme in NHS history continues to gain further momentum.

Another four local vaccination centres are launching today in the following locations;

  • Audley Mills Surgery, Rayleigh
  • Maldon District Council Offices (for Blackwater Medical Centre, Longfield Medical Centre and Tollesbury Surgery)
  • The Valkyrie Surgery, Westcliff-On-Sea
  • The Nevendon Centre, Wickford

These are in addition to centres that have already opened earlier this week in Brentwood, Rochford, Danbury, Leigh-On-Sea and Grays.

Nurses, paramedics, pharmacists and other NHS staff will work alongside GPs to vaccinate those aged 80 and over, as well as care home workers and other health care workers, identified as priority groups for the vaccine.

Residents of care homes will also receive their first vaccine shortly after distributors finalise new, stringent processes to ensure safe delivery of the PfizerBioNTech vaccine.

Like hospital staff at Basildon University Hospital (part of NHS Mid and South Essex Foundation Trust), who launched their campaign last week, local practice teams are working rapidly to redesign their sites and put in place safe processes to meet the tough logistical challenges of offering the vaccination.

The local NHS will contact people in the priority groups when it is their turn to receive the vaccine and local residents are being asked not to contact their practice enquiring about vaccination.

Dr Alex Shaw, local GP from Leigh-on-sea and Clinical Director for SS9 Primary Care Network said: “I am proud to have been selected as one of the first GP sites in the country to deliver the Covid vaccination programme. It’s fantastic to be part of this huge national effort to protect our patients against the virus and I would urge the public to come forward when they are called up for the vaccine.

We are not able to vaccinate everyone all at once - it will be a relatively small number at first - but we’ve already made a good start vaccinating most vulnerable patients. Patients will be contacted and invited for vaccination - we would urge them not to contact their practice enquiring about vaccination, we will contact them.”

Patients receive two doses of the Pfizer vaccine by injection into their upper arm, at least 21 days apart. For further information about the vaccine visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/


Further information about the local COVID vaccination programme is available at https://eput.nhs.uk/news-events/coronavirus/coronavirus-vaccine/

Local GPs begin offering COVID vaccine as part of biggest NHS Immunisation Programme

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The first local vaccination services run by family doctors and their teams will open across mid and south Essex this week, as the roll out of the biggest vaccination programme in NHS history gains further momentum.

Five local vaccination centres are launching this week and further sites will be added in the coming weeks. The services beginning vaccinations this week are located as follows:

  • The Brentwood Centre
  • Puzey Family Practice, Rochford
  • Beacon Medical Group, Danbury Medical Centre
  • Highlands Surgery, Leigh-on-Sea
  • Stifford Clays Health Centre, Grays

Nurses, paramedics, pharmacists and other NHS staff will work alongside GPs to vaccinate those aged 80 and over, as well as care home workers and other health care workers, identified as priority groups for the vaccine.

Residents of care homes will also receive their first vaccine shortly after distributors finalise new, stringent processes to ensure safe delivery of the PfizerBioNTech vaccine.

Like hospital staff at Basildon University Hospital (part of NHS Mid and South Essex Foundation Trust), who launched their campaign last week, local practice teams are working rapidly to redesign their sites and put in place safe processes to meet the tough logistical challenges of offering the vaccination.

The local NHS will contact people in the priority groups when it is their turn to receive the vaccine and local residents are being asked not to contact their practice enquiring about vaccination.

Dr Ronan Fenton, Medical Director for Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership, said: “Our local GPs, nurses, pharmacists, paramedics and other primary care staff are working together to ensure they can play their part in administering this life-saving vaccine.

We will be vaccinating those aged 80 and over, as well as care home and health care workers first. You will be contacted and invited for your vaccination when it is your turn. We would urge you not to contact the local NHS enquiring about vaccination, they will contact you. This is a phased vaccination programme which will expand over the coming months.”

Patients receive two doses of the Pfizer vaccine by injection into their upper arm, at least 21 days apart. For further information about the vaccine visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/

Further information about the local COVID vaccination programme is available at https://eput.nhs.uk/news-events/coronavirus/coronavirus-vaccine/

Get involved in the local Big festive Thank You and ring a bell on your doorstep on Christmas Eve

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On Monday, 14 December Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership is launching the MSE Big Festive Thank You to spread some festive cheer and to recognise how people across mid and South Essex have come together to fight coronavirus.

A highlight of the campaign will be on Thursday, 24 December at 6pm when we will be asking everyone to come outside and light a candle or ring a bell or doorbell for two minutes to spread some festive cheer. We want you to create some magic for people young and old, as well as celebrating health and care staff, volunteers and communities with a message of hope for everyone.

The original bell ringing idea was started by Lauren Sinclair from Scotland. The aim is to spread cheer by encouraging the community to stand on their doorsteps ringing bells at 6pm on Christmas Eve and we wanted to support this across mid and south Essex.

The campaign, which runs until Thursday, 24 December, is based around the five ways to wellbeing which include giving, learning, taking a mindful moment, getting active and connecting. There are a number of different ways people can get involved.

Other community activity will include kindness boxes being delivered by volunteers to care homes in mid and south Essex with goodies in for residents including Twiddle Muffs for residents with Dementia.

Schools will also be encouraged to send cards to care homes, sing carols virtually and send videos. Rainbows, Brownies and Girl Guide groups will also be getting involved in making special angels and cards to spread some cheer. Local yarn bombers will help to decorate post boxes with knitted key workers so look out for one near you.

Social media will be used to share the “thank you’s” far and wide using the hashtags #MSEBigThankYou and #2020Angels

Anthony McKeever, Executive Lead for Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership and Joint Accountable Officer for its five CCGs, said:

“This year has been so tough for everyone but the way our local communities have united through this pandemic has been inspiring. I want to say a huge thank you to so many people including local frontline NHS and care workers, key workers, community groups and volunteers without whom we could not have kept services running as well as we have. It really feels like we are all in this together, a unified effort to look after each other at this challenging time.”

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Vaccination programme gets underway

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The COVID vaccination programme started in mid and south Essex on 8 December 2020.

Staff at Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust (MSEFT) began vaccinating patients, supported by GPs, paramedics and registered nurses. Due to the storage and transportation requirements of the vaccine, Basildon and Thurrock University Hospital and Colchester Hospital were selected as the first vaccination centres.

In line with national guidance, people aged 80 and over as well as care home patients and staff were the first to receive the vaccination, along with NHS workers who are at higher risk.

In addition, five wave one primary care network sites will beginning vaccinating over the next few weeks. It is hoped to be able to offer all health and care staff in mid and South Essex the vaccination as soon as possible.

The independent Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) regularly reviews the latest information and updates its advice on the order in which groups will receive the vaccination.

Members of the public are encouraged to support the vaccination programme by:

  • waiting to be contacted about when it’s the right time to come forward and not to seek a vaccine before then
  • acting on their invite and making sure to attend appointments when arranged
  • continuing to abide by all the social distancing and hand hygiene guidance, which will still save lives.

Further information and guidance is available here: https://eput.nhs.uk/news-events/coronavirus/coronavirus-vaccine/

Keeping patients and NHS staff safe – just Think NHS 111 First

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The NHS has introduced a new system for people needing urgent medical care when it is not a “life or limb threatening” 999 emergency.

If you have an urgent medical problem or you’re not sure what to do, just call NHS 111 first and they’ll make sure you get to the best place for you to be seen safely and quickly.

In mid and south Essex our NHS 111 team has access to clinical experts and if you need to visit the emergency department they will book you a time slot when you should attend.

They’ll also let the hospital know when you’re coming. This means you could avoid a lengthy wait in the waiting room and be seen more quickly.

Calling NHS 111 first could mean some people do not need to visit A&E at all.
Their needs could be met by visiting a pharmacy or arranging an appointment at their GP practice. The NHS 111 team will advise on the right thing to do.

And if you’ve arrived at the emergency department without contacting NHS 111 first, you will still be seen, but you may have to wait longer unless you need immediate treatment.

Donald McGeachy, Medical Director of the Mid and South Essex Acute Commissioning Team and a local GP commented:

“The winter months are one of the busiest times of the year for everyone working in the NHS. This year we also have the added pressure of COVID-19 and the challenges that brings.

“It’s really important that we help our residents receive the right care, in the right place as quickly as possible. If that means a visit to the emergency department, by calling NHS 111 first you’ll be helping to keep everyone safe.

“This is really important because hospitals have had to reduce the size of their waiting rooms due to COVID-19 and social distancing.

“If you arrive at the emergency department without contacting NHS 111 first, you will still be seen, but you may have to wait longer unless you need immediate treatment.”